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  • Explore North Carolina: Ft. Fisher
    Recently, my fellow teachers and I took our seventh grade classes on an extended day field trip to Fort Fisher State Park in the Kure Beach area of North Carolina. The kids had a blast checking out the aquarium at Fort Fisher. There are otters, sharks, seahorses and even a bald Eagle. The NC Aquarium […]
  • Memorial Day
    In honor and in observance of Memorial Day, we will resume our regular posting schedule Wednesday, May 31. “And I’m proud to be an American, where at least I know I’m free. And I won’t forget the men who died, who gave that right to me.” -Lee Greenwood
  • Life as a lumber: what we’ve been up to
    We have had a crazy busy last few weeks and not, am I tired. The little lumbers finished their school year on May 12 and had their dance recital on May 13. They did so well and I’m so proud of them. We had a week off from dance and we made lots of delicious […]
  • Five Friday Favorites: Farmhouse Decor I’m currently coveting
    I have a huge obsession with all things Country and farmhouse. If you know me, you know this. Needless to say, I can always find some super cute farmhouse finds that I love. Today, I’m going to share them with you. 1. Country Living Farmhouse Style coffee table book Why not buy a coffee table […]
  • Simplifying our life: finding our work-life balance
    When I was a young beginning teacher, my mentor once asked me if there was anything with which I was struggling and needed help with. I responded that I was struggling with finding the balance between work, taking care of my family, housework, and extracurricular things. What’s interesting about this exchange is that my children […]
  • Make it Monday: Printables for your tween girl’s room
    We have a soon-to-be twelve year old in our home. And because she is getting older, she is quickly outgrowing her little girl room and all the little girl prints I made for her. I decided to make this makeup themed trio for her, and since we weren’t entirely sure if we wanted them in […]
  • Foodie Fridays: Easy scratch-made GLUTEN FREE pizza!
    Meal planning in our home is not easy. We have, in our family of four, two picky eaters, and one with some serious dietary restrictions due to health conditions. I am gluten free due to ulcerative colitis. Finding something ALL of us can enjoy is sometimes hard. Thankfully, there are plenty of gluten free dupes […]
  • Make something Monday: shabby chic nursery lampshade
    This post is a throwback to when I was decorating my youngest child’s nursery. She is now seven, and I still miss this cute little nursery. We had a very limited budget, so we made a lot of her decor ourselves. I remember wanting a lamp similar to this one: This lamp was crazy expensive, […]
  • Easy Family Night Suppers: Chicken French
    A few years ago, we had a really great Italian restaurant in our town, but it has since closed. One of their signature dishes was chicken French. It’s a breaded chicken dish with Italian spices, served with spaghetti noodles and marinara sauce. It was our go-to dish when we would eat there, and we have […]
  • Repurposed: from chicken coop to composter
    A few years ago, my family and I built this. This coop was a bit on the smaller side, and our birds quickly outgrew it. I was tired of seeing it sit around, so I decided to repurpose it. We wanted a composter, but couldn’t find one for less than $100. And since I wanted […]


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